Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida

Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida
Presents Plaque to
Representative Matt Hudson

Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida executive director, Kevin Lindberg, presents a plaque of appreciation from the Florida Epilepsy Alliance to District 80 State Representative Matt Hudson, R-Naples.

Representative Hudson serves as Florida’s chairman of the health care appropriations subcommittee which helps to determine Florida Department of Health funding levels.

This year’s healthy state budget meant an increase in funding for epilepsy programs throughout the state.

Bowes Imaging Center
Donates Services to Epilepsy Services

Bowes Imaging Centers of Sarasota and Bradenton will provide magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on a pro-bono basis for Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida (ESSWFL).

ESSWFL is a not-for-profit organization providing low or no cost medical services and case management to uninsured adults with epilepsy. Epilepsy is a complex spectrum of disorders affecting millions of people in a variety of ways and is characterized by unpredictable seizures that differ in type and severity.

The program typically enables a client access through its clinics, to a local neurologist who may require the information obtained from an MRI to make a diagnosis and treat the epilepsy in the most effective way possible. “Whenever we receive a contribution like this it helps us close the gap between the number of people who qualify and require our service and the number of people we can actually serve,” said ESSWFL executive director Kevin Lindberg.

ESSWFL serves about 300 clients in Sarasota and Manatee counties but in past years has had client waiting lists. When people with epilepsy do not get treated, they most often end up in the hospital emergency room. A high percentage of patients can control or even eliminate their seizures with the correct treatments and medication. “We have the capability to assist a group of people who need assistance, we support the work of Epilepsy Services and this is a small way we can give something back,” said Nathan Bowes, CEO of Bowes Imaging Centers.

Epilepsy Services of SW Florida
is most grateful for a $5000 grant from the
Arthur T. Esslinger Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.
The funds will help us cover client direct medical costs.

We are also grateful for a recent grant of $2000 from the
Plantation Community Foundation
and $1000 from the
Manatee Community Foundation.
Both of those grants will also help to cover client medical expenses.

Thank you to these organizations for their support.

Dawn Langelle has a new lease on life and she wants everyone to know about it. (see poem below)

After two devastating head injuries in 2009, one caused simply by being distracted while on a walk, the other by a fall off of her bike, Dawn began suffering seizures and related symptoms that changed her life.“There was a significant period of time where all I could do was lie in the dark with earplugs and a pillow over my eyes.”

She had seen numerous practitioners, she explains, some even questioning the validity of her story, others diagnosing her as mentally ill. Her search for help was costly. Her seizures led to losing her job. She had no health insurance. Her mother was able to help her pay mounting medical expenses. “She went into the funds she had saved for when she aged to help me,” Dawn explains. ;“I had been planning to be the one who helped her,” she says, well aware of the irony of the role reversal."

A self- described fitness nut and a computer whiz who had made a good living with her technology skills, she found herself in a desperate situation, barely able to function, let alone think about finding employment. Herplight had lasted more than four years and her health was deteriorating. A case manager with a brain injury support organization suggested she contact Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida.

Dawn participated in the intake process and learned she was eligible for a neurological consult with Dr. Ronald Aung-Din, one of the Epilepsy Services physicians. This was followed up by another appointment with the doctor during a monthly clinic. A new diagnosis and a new medication regimen was working. The fog was beginning to lift and she gained strength and improved clarity of thought. She was on her way back to a new level of self-management. “I told my mother that we would be able to have some fun again,” she said proudly.

She still has a way to go with her recovery but she is grateful to be where she’s at now. She will continue to participate in the program at no cost. She encourages others to hang in. “These people can give you hope and help you live your life optimally.”

This website is sponsored by
The Plantation Community Foundation of Venice Florida.

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Please don’t forget to make your tax-deductible gift to Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida.
Your generous support will touch lives and provide greater hope through the programs and services offered.

Donate now by sending a check to:

Epilepsy Services of SW Florida 1900 Main St., Suite 212 Sarasota, FL 34236

You can also designate your United Way contribution or Combined Federal Campaign contribution to ESSWF. Our CFC # is 21109.

Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

We are most grateful for Bowes Imaging Centers who provide MRI services pro bono for our clients in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida
1900 Main Street, Suite 212
Sarasota, FL 34236

Office (941) 953-5988

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